I am beyond excited to have started working on the sequel to Sashi The Scared Little Sheltie written by Linda Greiner. I really missed drawing Sashi, and I love seeing her grow into such an amazing character. In her second book she is no longer scared and shy--- she's a princess! And her humans are going to Foster other Shelties in need, Sashi oversees all the other pups, but one pup, in particular, is very special and you'll just have to read it to find out why!
In other news, Wilson Tries New Foods is now available! I am so pleased with how this one turned out. The book looks great, its big and colorful. I just love reading the story over and over again. The rhymes and characters are so much fun. I had a great time illustrating Ashley Stewart's story about her pup Wilson, who learns to eat well.
I have just started my next book and I'm loving the way its coming out so far, I really feel like I am using more of my skills in this book, I really am a draftsman. I didn't touch color until high school and even then I preferred things in black and white! Also, some Sketch_Dailies I did-- I have been trying really hard to sketch in my sketchbook at least once a day. Its going well... so far!
I am at a cross-roads of sorts at the moment. I am working on a Children's book, I have been doing some character Designs for Little Airplane Productions, all the while I of course have a huge influx of Bark Point Studio commissions. With the holidays coming everything seems magnified and I feel the stress of it falling over me like a blanket of snow. I have been trying really hard to sketch more, but the more I sketch the more I realize I don't know if I love the style of work I do on a regular basis. My drawings always have so much more life to them then my finished illustrations... I have had this problem my entire life. I suppose what I really want to do is have some time to work on my personal work and decide how to market that style instead of this cutex1000 stuff I do.... Hmm..
My first published book is now available for Pre-Order! I am so excited to see Sashi the Scared Little Sheltie in person and of course in print! A percentage of sales will benefit Sheltie Rescue. This project has truly been a labor of love, its a precious story and would make a great holiday gift for any kid or family with pets.
In recent news, I have completed my fourth book (second to be published)--- Wilson Tries New Foods! Below are a few sneak-peaks. This book was such a pleasure to create and I learned a lot too, so its a great book for parents with kids who are hesitant or refuse to eat the things they need to grow and succeed.
In even more recent news--- I've started my fifth book! Benjamin Birdie's First Flight, written by Michael Dostikas. I am so excited about this story, its characters, its charm, its writing--- everything about it is so fresh and of course adorable. Below is the first 2 pages.
The above is pages 21-22 of Wilson Tries New Foods Children's Book. This book is so much fun! Author, Ashley Stewart, uses rhythm and catchy tunes to teach kids that eating well can be fun and that all you have to do is try it out and you'll see! I am now half-way done illustrating the book and I cannot wait to share the rest of it soon.